New Features in Ghost 0.4
We’ve covered Ghost several times on this blog.
Most notably, we reviewed Ghost on it’s release in October last year and then we said that Ghost had the best chance of success amongst many new flat-file website builders.
It’s time for an update. Ghost 0.4 is the first version since the initial release. Here’s an overview of the new features in Ghost.
Ghost now allows you to make some content as a static page. This means two things:
- The static post won’t appear in the blog stream on your homepage.
- The date won’t show on your post.
Simply, this feature is like WordPress pages. It’s designed for your About / Contact / Terms pages.
You can now mark some posts as being “Featured”. Click the small start next to a post and you’ll get the message “Post successfully marked as featured.”
This add a CSS class to that post: <article class=”post featured”> so you can style that post appropriately.
You can now add dates to your post URLs. Click Settings, then Dated Permalinks:
Then the year, month and date will appear in your URLs:
Finally in terms of features, there’s a small extra one to mention. Ghost will now warn you if you leave content before it’s saved:
So where is Ghost at the moment?
Ghost is chugging along nicely. These new features aren’t mind-blowing, but they do show slow and steady progress.
Remember that Ghost is only at version 0.4. It really won’t be fair to judge until version 1.0 is out. Momentum for products like this takes years to build.
There does also seem to be community movement. There are nearly 200 themes on http://marketplace.ghost.org/. The forum seems relatively active with a good number of posts each day: https://ghost.org/forum/.
The best thing we can say at the moment is that the Ghost team are off to a really promising start. We’ll keep checking in as every new version comes out.
I really like the concept of Ghost, and I really like the idea of developing a publishing platform with Node.js.
Will be waiting for Ghost 1.0. Until then, I don’t think deploying it for real world websites should be a good idea for people like me who don’t have much experience managing their own servers.
Node.js hosting isn’t easy or cheap. I suspect those things will change over time, but they haven’t yet.
That’s exactly the reason why most people are avoiding Node so long. Having node work on shared hosting is not possible, and VPS are expensive.